BMW E60

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BMW E60
E60 5-Series Sedan
Automotive industryBMW
Production2003–
PredecessorBMW E39
Car classificationMidsize car Vehicle size class Luxury car Sports sedan
Car body style4-door Sedan
5-door Station wagon
VehiclesBMW 5 Series
RelatedBMW E63
BMW E70
BMW E61
E60 5-Series Touring
Automotive industryBMW
Production2004–
PredecessorBMW E39
VehiclesBMW 5 Series

The BMW E60 Automobile platform is the basis of the 2003-onwards 5-Series automobile, replacing the BMW E39. Before the recent restyling, the models available were the 520i, 520d, 525i, 525d, 530i, 530d, 535d, 545i, and the M5. The model range received uprated engines as part of the restyling.

  • The 523i replaced the 520i as the base model and featured the previous 525i engine, detuned to 177 bhp (132 kW; 179 PS).
  • The 525i received a new 218 bhp (163 kW; 221 PS) engine (up from 192 bhp).
  • The 530i engine output was increased to 272 hp (up from 231 bhp).
  • The 528i replaced the 525i with 230 hp (up from 218 hp).
  • The 535i replaced the 530i with 300 hp (up from 258 hp).
  • The 530d was upgraded to 231 bhp (up from 218 bhp).
  • The 535d was upgraded to 286 bhp (up from 272 bhp).
  • The 540i was introduced with a V8 engine producing 302 bhp (225 kW; 306 PS).
  • The 550i replaced the 545i in the fall of 2005 with 362 bhp (270 kW; 367 PS).
  • The 520d, 525d and the M5 remained the same.
A BMW 5 Series E61 patrolcar of the German Federal Police

The E60 is available in both Sedan (car) and Station wagon (E61) platforms. The exterior design by Chris Bangle and Adrian van Hooydonk is controversial due to its unusual proportions. The 'eyebrow' of the front headlights was also frowned upon by car magazines for taking away the aggressive look of its predecessors. Its iDrive system has been simplified from the system in the 7 Series. It can be ordered with a full array of options such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Head-up display, active steering, and the Harman Kardon Logic7 stereo system.

The BMW M5 is the high performance version of the range, and is one of the highest performance sedans on the market. Like all BMW 'M' cars, it balances superb handling with power, which is delivered by a naturally aspirated 5.0 L (40-valve) V10 producing 373 kW (507 PS (500 hp/373 kW)). The car has a 0-100 km/h time of 4.7 seconds, 0-200 km/h time of 15 seconds, and an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Though given the correct tire ratings and the removal of the governor the M5 is capable of 205mph (329km/h).

A derivative of the E60 is the E63/E64 which forms the current iteration of the 6 Series coupe.

Safety


EuroNCAP test of the 5-series:

Adult Occupant: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Child Occupant: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Pedestrian: 1/4 starsStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg.[1]

Initially the 5-series received a three-star rating for adult occupants. [2] However changes were made to the steering column, footrest, door trims, door latch, airbags and electronic software and the car was retested achieving its four-star rating. BMW claims the modifications improved the car's EuroNCAP score not the vehicles safety, consequently BMW would not recall the earlier built cars.[3]

The American IIHS (IIHS) gives the 5-series a Good overall rating in frontal collisions but a Marginal overall rating for side impact collisions.[4][5] The IIHS reported their side impact test would likely cause driver related rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries. The IIHS tests were conducted on models built after May 2007, these models had modifications to improve side impact safety.

The NHTSA gives the 2008 model the following scores:

Frontal Driver: 3/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg

Frontal Passenger: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Side Driver: 5/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg

Side Rear Passenger: 5/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg

2WD Rollover: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

AWD Rollover : 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Model lineup


The rear side of BMW E60
The front side of M5 series
The rear side of M5 series
Model Model Year Engine E60
Sedan
E61
Touring
520d 2006-2007 M47TU2D20 Black check.svg Black check.svg
520d 2007-Present BMW N47 Black check.svg Black check.svg
520i 2004-2005 M54B22 Black check.svg Black check.svg
520i 2007-Current BMW N43 Black check.svg Black check.svg
523i 2006-2007 N52B25 Black check.svg Black check.svg
523i 2007-Current N53B25-U0 Black check.svg Black check.svg
525d 2004-2007 M57TUD25 Black check.svg Black check.svg
525d 2007-Current M57D30-U2 Black check.svg Black check.svg
525i 2004-2005 M54B25 Black check.svg Black check.svg
525i 2006-2007 N52B25 Black check.svg Black check.svg
525i 2007-Current N53B30-U0 Black check.svg Black check.svg
525xd 2007-Current M57D30-U2 Black check.svg Black check.svg
525xi 2004-2005 M54B25 Black check.svg Black check.svg
525xi 2006-2007 N52B25 Black check.svg Black check.svg
525ix 2007-Current N53B30-U0 Black check.svg Black check.svg
530d 2004-2007 M57TUD30 Black check.svg Black check.svg
530d 2007-Current M57D30-O2 Black check.svg Black check.svg
530i 2004-2005 M54B30 Black check.svg Black check.svg
530i 2006-2007 N52B30 Black check.svg Black check.svg
530i 2007-Current N53B30-O0 Black check.svg Black check.svg
530xd 2004-2007 M57TUD30 Black check.svg Black check.svg
530xd 2007-Current M57D30-T2 Black check.svg Black check.svg
530xi 2004-2005 M54B30 Black check.svg Black check.svg
530xi 2006-2007 N52B30 Black check.svg Black check.svg
530xi 2007-Current N53B30-O0 Black check.svg Black check.svg
535i 2008-Current N54B30 Black check.svg
535xi 2008-Current N54B30 Black check.svg Black check.svg
535d 2004-2007 M57TUD30 Black check.svg Black check.svg
535d 2007-Current M57D30-T2 Black check.svg Black check.svg
540i 2006-Current N62B40-O1 Black check.svg
545i 2004-2005 N62B44 Black check.svg Black check.svg
550i 2006-Current N62B48-O1 Black check.svg Black check.svg
M5 2005-Current S85B50 Black check.svg Black check.svg

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